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The AFF, together with the ACT Fencing Association, is delighted to announce that Australia has been awarded the right to host the 2018 Commonwealth Senior Championships and the 2018 Commonwealth Veteran Championships in Canberra in late 2018. We look forward to working closely with the Commonwealth Fencing Federation to deliver a successful and enjoyable event!


The AFF invites all interested fencers to register for the following 2017 Coach Designated Tours: 

1) the Open and U/23 Mens & Womens Sabre Tour to Korea in March/April 2017, incorporating the FIE Grand Prix in Seoul; and

2) the Open and U/23 Mens & Womens Foil Tour to China in May 2017, incorporating the FIE Grand Prix event in Shanghai.

The information for the tours is separated based on Age Category and Weapon.  Please ensure that you download the one(s) that you are interested in. 

Further information for the Tours can be gained from the contacts listed in the documents.

To register, click here.  To see who is already registered, click here.  This registration facility is provided to Australian fencers for tours which are compulsory for members of the High Performance Program, but are also available for participation by non-HPP fencers.  Registrations close on Friday 17 February 2017.

Please note that if you have previously registered for these tours, you do not need to do so again.

Please also note the "Fees and Charges" information on the AFF web site (click here), in addition to the Operational Protocols on Selection (click here) and Tour Costs (click here).  As part of the registration process, you will be asked about travel insurance.  If you leave this blank, the standard tour insurance charge will apply.

In order to nominate for events that form part of the tour, you will need an FIE licence.  This is not required immediately, but you will not be able to complete your nomination unless all of the international representation pre-requisites have been competed (click here).

Athletes intending to compete in Junior or Senior World Cup events (including Grand Prix) need to note very carefully the operation of the Selection Policy (sections J4.21 - J4.23, and O4.21 - O4.23 respectively).  The Operational Protocol for other Category "E" events for cost information is also relevant (click here), as is the information relating to Team entries (click here).

Important Note: nomination for the competitions that are part of this tour is an additional process, and must be done using the overseas competition entry facility (click here).  As with the FIE licence above, event entry does not to need to be done at the time of tour nomination.

 The Board wishes to advise that Mr Adam Reynolds has resigned from his position as a director of the Australian Fencing Federation.
The Board is indebted to Adam for the considerable time and effort he has devoted to the AFF over the last five and a half years, particularly in his capacity as operations director and finance director.
Adam's work in both areas has significantly enhanced the efficiency of the AFF's systems and processes and has contributed to our stable financial position and ongoing sustainability.
We are grateful to Adam for his efforts in helping make the AFF a more effective and professional organisation, and we wish him well in his future endeavours.
Adam's position will be filled by election at the forthcoming AGM, to be held in May 2017
In the short term, Vince Elias will assume responsibility for the finance function and Evelyn Halls will resume responsibility for the operations function. All relevant AFF email addresses have been redirected, and should continue to be used as normal.

Following the election held during the Australian Fencing Championships, the AFF is pleased to announce that Jeremy Shelley received the highest number of votes and will therefore join the AFF Board as the Athletes' Director. Jeremy will also be a member of the Athletes Commission, alongside Dianna Gu and Davidé Wheeler. We extend our thanks to Jeremy, Dianna and Davidé for taking on this important role and look forward to workly closely with them to further the success of Australian fencing.


1. The FIE has appointed a group of sabre experts (from a range of countries) to observe the testing of the new sabre en garde line and obtain feedback from athletes, coaches and referees at these events. This group will prepare a report which will be considered by the FIE Executive Committee at its meeting in February 2017. The current test period will be extended until that date.

2. It has been decided to undertake further testing of the proposed reduction in the injury time break (from 10 minutes to 5 minutes). This change was trialled at the JWC in Bourges 2016 and will be trialled again at the 2017 JWC in Plovdiv and the 2017 SWC in Leipzig. A final decision on the change will be made at the 2017 FIE Congress.

3. The 2018 Junior & Cadet World Championships will be held in Verona, Italy.

4. The 2019 Senior World Championships will be held in Budapest, Hungary (selected ahead of Torun, Poland and Tbilisi, Georgia). Budapest's bid was presented by two-time Olympic gold medallist Aron Szilagyi and included provision for a pre-competition training camp for fencers from developing countries and one night's free accommodation for all accredited participants.

5. The 2019 Cadet & Junior World Championships have been awarded to Torun, Poland.

6. Cairo, Egypt has offered its candidacy for the 2019 Veterans World Championships.

[For all major overseas event locations for 2017-2019, click here]

7. There will be an annual World Fencing Day (to be held on the second Saturday of September each year)!

And finally, Congratulations to David Baker who was today elected as a member of the FIE's Publicity and Promotion Commission for the next four years! In a huge field of 35 candidates, David received the highest number of votes!! David's election is a fitting reflection of the massive amounts of time, energy and enthusiasm he has invested in promoting fencing internationally, particularly in the lead-up to the Rio Olympics. We are proud of David's achievement, which gives Australia further representation on the world stage! Well done Dave!!